The sudden cancellation of hit Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience broke many hearts (mine included). The show turned a spotlight on the trials and tribulations, family relationships and experiences of a first-generation Korean-Canadian immigrant family. Fans and critics alike welcomed the show’s sensibility; it received multiple award nominations, winning for Best Comedy Series at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018.
The quick cancellation did not go quietly for both fans and the series’ actors, and some controversy ensued. Simu Liu (Jung) has been particularly vocal: When it was announced that Nicole Power’s Shannon — one of the few regular characters from the series not a person of color (POC) — was getting a spin-off, Liu made it clear that he would refuse to reprise his role in that show. More recently, Liu and actor Jean Yoon (Umma) have spoken up about the racism and lack of diversity on the production side of the show. Liu claimed that the actors were both underpaid and not given a voice within the writing process, adding that the production and writing team lacked any Asian workers that could give cultural accuracy. Yoon backed Liu up in a series of tweets detailing “overtly racist” scenes and writing in the initial season five scripts which co-creator Kevin White spearheaded.
If you’re looking for another series that features POC representation and multifaceted plotlines to fill the Kim’s Convenience gap, check out these six current shows.
Kim’s Convenience, Seasons 1-5, Streaming Now, Netflix
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